Lenses for the Canon 350D

I have the Canon 350D with the kit lens, which is okay, but last fall I bought two new professional lenses for it. First, the 50mm f/1.2L USM fixed focal length lens, which is awesome, because it can take photos in almost no light. And next the 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, which is also awesome.

But what I’ve learned is that it works best with the full-frame cameras, like the 5D and up. For the 350D and its brethren, the 400D, 20D and 30D, the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM is likely to work better. The 17-55mm range corresponds to 27-88mm with a ful-frame body, which is roughly equivalent to what the 24-70mm will do. Also, I believe it’s smaller and lighter, which would be a bonus, because currently, the 24-70mm lens feels awkwardly bulky and heavy on top of the compact 350D body. The bottom line, at least, has been that it’s too big and heavy for me to bring along just in case. And I could really use some even wider wide-angel shots than what the 24-70mm can give me.

So I’m looking to sell my 24-70mm lens, and instead buy the 17-55mm.

Do you have any recommendations before I do? Is there another lens that I should consider instead? Anything to consider that I missed?